We use natural wood products which are not chemically treated. While this is good for the environment it makes for slightly unpredictable warping and cracking. This is a normal process as wood dries or is exposed to sudden changes in temperature. We guarantee that your product will be beautiful and functional for the day of your event, however, if choosing to buy a product keep in mind that these imperfections can occur days or months later. As in nature, no tree is identical which means that there may be differences in pattern, shape and color of the wood. We try our best to find materials that are uniform and with minor imperfections but we believe that these features are what make each piece unique and special.